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Private Contractor Flight Attendants?

Fri May 03, 2013 4:05 am

Hello Everyone,

My name is Natasha and I am an In-flight Director for a large charter airline in Canada. After a surprise visit by a Transport Canada inspector on one of my flights I was pulled aside by the inspector and commended on my skills as a Flight Director. He said he felt that I could do much better than working for an airline and recommended that I consider becoming an Executive or Corporate Flight Attendant. I was extremely flattered and even more so when he offered to write me a recommendation letter. I have been seriously thinking about his suggestion and wondered if there are many Private Contractor Flight Attendants who do not belong to any organization? I am fully certified and beyond what is required by Transport Canada and the FAA. My question to you all is where would I begin? Do you think it's a good idea? How would I advertise? Any input would be helpful and I would really appreciate it!

Warmest Regards Natasha
 
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RE: Private Contractor Flight Attendants?

Fri May 03, 2013 5:19 am

I know a few corporate F/A's and they generally like their jobs. But it involves more work than you do now with an airline.

Things like contacting the passengers ahead of time to determine what kind of food they want on their flight. Contacting a caterer or going yourself to pick up the food and load it on the aircraft is common. You have to make sure the cabin is clean at all times.

Then you get to deal with the corporate management types that will be flying on the aircraft. Some are nice, some don't even notice you are there, and some can be real PITA's. You've heard the stories of having to pick out all the blue M&Ms from the candy bowl. True. I have found that sometimes people with money act strange and can be difficult just because they can get away with it. And they sure do.

Maybe someone here who is a corporate F/A could shed more light on the subject.
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RE: Private Contractor Flight Attendants?

Sat May 04, 2013 3:38 am

Hi Natasha.

I've been in the corporate av business for many years. A good corporate flight attendant is more like a concierge. Must be very sensitive to client needs, etc. It's a great job for a person with the right personality and ambition. Many airline flight attendants don't cut it when they see the amount of work and job detail required. Your comment about the reference is a positive however.

Most of the US (not sure about Canada) outfits who hire full time or contract Flight Attendants will expect them to be properly trained. Sorry, airline training doesn't cut it. Aircare/FACTS has a generally accepted program and you will get better reception if you come with the proper credentials.

Large Cabin Biz Av is again a growing industry in N. America with many Global, Gulfstream and Falcon types who often use an FA. We operate a Global and have 2 FA's on staff to give you an idea.

Good luck to you.
 
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RE: Private Contractor Flight Attendants?

Sat May 04, 2013 6:46 pm

Yes it is harder.. Running around a place like Guam buying the right food and Ice, and linen for the flight is "part of the Job", on the good side you don't have to deal with "zillions" of pax.. I thnk you will either love it or hate it not "in-between.. "
 
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RE: Private Contractor Flight Attendants?

Tue May 07, 2013 2:17 pm

You may want to talk with companies such as NetJets or FlexJet, as they are large companies and often have openings somewhere.
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RE: Private Contractor Flight Attendants?

Wed May 08, 2013 7:23 pm

Quoting NBGSkyGod (Reply 4):
You may want to talk with companies such as NetJets or FlexJet, as they are large companies and often have openings somewhere.

Not hiring at the present time. I don't think Flex has any, but I wouldn't swear to it. Netjets has them on the DA-2000, Gulfstreams, and Globals when those show up. The Falcons and Gulfstreams are going away, Falcons being replaced by CL-300s. which I don't think will carry an FA unless requested.

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RE: Private Contractor Flight Attendants?

Thu May 09, 2013 7:34 pm

Quoting DashTrash (Reply 5):
Not hiring at the present time. I don't think Flex has any, but I wouldn't swear to it. Netjets has them on the DA-2000, Gulfstreams, and Globals when those show up. The Falcons and Gulfstreams are going away, Falcons being replaced by CL-300s. which I don't think will carry an FA unless requested.

Corporate aviation is all about who you know. Pilots and FAs.

I think the Challengers will still have FAs also the Gulfstreams are being replaced by Globals, so the FA will still be needed. I do agree though, it is all about who you know.
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